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This Clever Pumpkin Pound Cake Recipe Is Almost Too Cute to Eat

Sandra Denneler is a SheKnows Expert who's been making and doing her entire life. Growing up, her favorite book was the 1973 World Book Encyclopedia's Childcraft Volume 11, Make and Do. An art director at Wichita State University, Sandra...

Forget the pumpkin coffee — we're all about homemade pumpkin pound cake this year

3. Make the pound cake

Mix up your pound cake batter according to the directions on the box. Pour the batter over your pumpkin bread cutouts in the pan, making sure to cover the tops of the pumpkins. You may have more pound cake batter than you need. Try to not overfill the pan. Bake according to the directions on the box. Let cool when done.

Forget the pumpkin coffee — we're all about homemade pumpkin pound cake this year
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4. Prepare the icing

Meanwhile, prepare the brown butter pecan icing.

Pour the powdered sugar into a mixing bowl. In a saucepan, melt the butter, and boil, stirring until it starts to brown and form dark flecks on the sides and bottom.

Forget the pumpkin coffee — we're all about homemade pumpkin pound cake this year
Image: Sandra Denneler/Getty Images

Remove from the heat. Pour the melted brown butter and flecks over the powdered sugar. Add the evaporated milk and vanilla. Stir until combined and creamy. Add more powdered sugar if it appears too runny, or more evaporated milk if it seems too stiff.

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Forget the pumpkin coffee — we're all about homemade pumpkin pound cake this year
Image: Sandra Denneler/Getty Images

5. Ice the cake

Remove the baked and cooled pound cake from the pan, and top with the brown butter icing. Add chopped pecans, if desired.

Forget the pumpkin coffee — we're all about homemade pumpkin pound cake this year
Image: Sandra Denneler/Getty Images

Cut into slices, and delight your guests with the pumpkin-shaped surprise that peeks out from inside!

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